Drawing shapes rather than lines is a good exercise.
So, instead of identifying and drawing lines, see and draw shapes. This exercise increases our ability to see this world in terms of shapes.
Start with biggest shapes, then draw medium sized shapes and at last, small shapes. Seeing in this way helps us simplify a scene for a painting. Relative sizes of various shapes in a painting create more impact than the details in it.
No matter how hard we try we cannot compete with nature when we try painting realistically. So, an artist’s real job is to distil the scene and not paint it as it is.
Drawing shapes with conte crayon
See the video below. It is part of my online course “Exercises to improve your drawing skill”. If you are interested in more such exercises, join the course at 50% discount using this link. These discount coupons are limited and valid only till 20th April 2017.